Curriculum, planning & extra-curricular activities
At Rosemary Works EYC our curriculum is mostly delivered through ‘In the moment planning’ where ‘teachable moments’ are discovered through the child’s play. This unique way of planning allows us to develop each child at their own individual pace, working with their interests. This also allows us to steer the child-lead play into which objectives we wish to be assessing the children on. The spontaneity of the planning also enables is to keep enriched by what the children “see” and are fascinated by – who can say what a child wants to explore tomorrow or even in the next five minutes? It’s an exciting journey to share with them!
We also incorporate mini topics, based on the children’s interests to further enrich the curriculum. For example transport, mini beasts, seasons, superheroes and princesses. We firmly believe that children in the early years learn through play. We do not believe formal learning is appropriate for young children. For example children learn about measures and quantity through cooking, sand play, water play etc. Writing is learnt through mark making with paints, using sticks in sand, developing their hand muscle whilst playing with playdough.
Your child will be a ‘focus child’ for one week each month. The week before their focus week, you will be asked to complete a ‘WOW Slip’ which will inform us of your child’s current interests at home, where they like to go, who they like to play with and where they are developmentally. We will then use this information to help us plan accordingly for your child. During their focus week, your child will be observed every day. Our observations will then be used to assess their progress, plan next steps and contribute to their Learning Journey. Many of the exciting things we do and learn about are captured in our Learning Journeys which we share with you regularly.
We are Ofsted registered which means we follow the Revised Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum 2013. The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets standards for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5 years old.
The curriculum focuses on seven areas of Learning and Development
Three Prime areas:
- Personal, social and emotional development
- Communication and language
- Physical development
Four specific areas:
- Understanding the world
- Expressive arts and designs
A guidance for parents about the Early Years Foundation Stage: ‘What to Expect, When?’ clearly sets out the curriculum and the ages and stages of development from 0 – 5 years. It also contains useful tips and activity ideas for you to do with your child.
You can download a copy here
We celebrate many festivals and celebrations, recognising the multi-cultural and cosmopolitan feel of the nursery. We also support charitable events throughout the year, teaching the children the importance of caring for one another in our community and in the wider world.
All the children enjoy extra-curricular activities provided by specialist staff including music and movement with Alison, art with Eliseo and gardening with Rachel. The children also enjoy weekly cooking sessions following our healthy ‘Eat Better, Start Better’ programme.
In addition the older children enjoy weekly French sessions with Jumping Beans, Forest School with our qualified Forest School teachers, Laura and Amrik, Football with Little Soccer Stars and swimming in the small learning pool at Britannia Leisure Centre – with a ratio of one adult to two children.
Our extra-curricular art sessions, cooking and gardening are all free. But we charge a small fee for swimming, Forest School, Little Soccer Stars, French and music and movement. You may opt out of these if you wish.